The United States has decided to take a preventive stance on the War on Terror by using any necessary action to prevent a future attack. One example is interrogating captured terrorists, with the hope that they will leak valuable information on future attacks. When terrorists stubbornly decline to respond, is the CIA supposed to sit and hope for the best? I hope not.
ABC News reports that “top Bush advisors” have discussed and approved “enhanced interrogation techniques” to use on terrorists who are hard to break. These techniques include slapping, pushing, sleep deprivation and simulated drowning, called waterboarding. Despite the heat from the critics at home and abroad for pushing the limits of international law, the CIA confirms that important al-Qaeda suspects have provided “valuable information that led to the capture of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohommad and fellow 9/11 plotter Ramzi bin al-Shibh,” after being subjected to waterboarding.
We have all seen the movies where the “bad guys” are questioned and ultimately abused by the CIA and FBI when they withhold significant information. In every movie and television show, these “bad guys” have something in common